College Hockey: Union Dominates Army 4-1

by Corey Mansfield, Managing Editor

The Union College Dutchmen started the 2018-19 season with a dominating 4-1 win over Army on Saturday night at Messa Rink in Schenectady, NY.

After a first period, in which both teams were just content feeling each out, the Dutchmen got on the board at 17:37 when Sam Morton won the face-off, kicked the puck back to Jack Adams who slid the puck across to Greg Campbell at the blue line who then blasted a shot passed Army goalie Jared Dempsey.

The Dutchmen extended their lead to 2-0 at 2:06 of the second period when Cole Maier ripped a shot over the glove of Dempsey as he battled in front of the net.

At 5:49 of the second period Union got their third goal of the game when Army was unable to clear the puck out of the defensive zone and Blake Hayward passed to a wide-open Adams in front of the net who slammed the goal home making the score 3-0. This goal was an emotional one for Adams and the Union hockey program as it was Adams' first goal since his brother Mark passed away on September 18th.

Army got on a board at 6:42 of the second period with a power play goal when Zach Evancho found a wide-open Dalton MacAfee in the face-off circle and ripped a shot over the right shoulder of Union goalie Jake Kupsky to make the score 3-1.

Union continued their offensive attack, constantly pressuring the Black Knights in the offensive zone as they had done all game. Maier scored his second goal of the game when he worked his way in front of the net front of the net snapped a shot passed the Army netminder to make score 4-1 at 17:22 of the second period.

Maier finished the game with two goals while Adams had a goal and an assist. Morton had two assists on the night.

Kupsky made 24 saves in net for the Dutchmen (1-0), while Dempsey stopped 26 shots in a losing effort for the Black Knights (0-1).

Key Takeaways: 

- Union looked very in-sync during this game, and they were constantly pressuring the Army defense, which wore them down over the course of the contest. Maier did what leaders do and led by example. His second goal of the night was all about determination.  If this is any indiction of how Union is going to play this season, then they are definitely going to be in for a good year.

- Army looked a little rusty in their first game of the season. At times, their players were sloppy with the puck and not being crisp with their puck handling. While it was the first game of the season, it's something they'll have to clean up if they hope to make noise in the Atlantic Hockey this season.

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